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October 10, 2008
IWALK because I am Italian-American, proud of Christopher Columbus, who discovered America. I walk because the Romans conquered half the world. Because our ancestors contributed blood, sweat, and tears, and they had dreams. On this day, we pay tribute not only to our countryman, Christopher Columbus, but to all of those who sacrificed for both countries, Italia and America. I was born in Napoli, province of Avellino, town of Montella. There I learned the meaning of gustizia, umilita, onesta (justice, humility, honesty)
NEWS
October 10, 2011
By Daniel Deagler Although it's a national holiday, Columbus Day doesn't get much respect. In many places, kids don't even get a day off from school. Its main observation seems to consist of the suspension of mail delivery. One of 10 federal holidays, Columbus Day marks the anniversary of the great Genoese explorer's bumping into what is now the Bahamas, on Oct. 12, 1492 (Julian calendar reckoning). But a lot of modern Americans are ambivalent about the man and his accomplishment.
NEWS
October 11, 1996 | By Joseph R. DiSanto
Four years ago, party poopers trashed what should have been a megabash, the quincentennial of America's discovery by Christopher Columbus. You've heard the litany of charges against the Admiral of the Oceans Wide - everything from genocide to poor map-reading skills. Guilty or innocent? Irrelevant. Columbus Day isn't about history, it's about ethnicity. It's the day we Italian Americans celebrate our heritage and commemorate the nine million discoveries of the New World made by our immigrant ancestors from the 1880s to the 1920s.
NEWS
October 10, 1992
For years, the only thing controversial about Christopher Columbus was whether he did indeed discover America. Others were "first," Columbus debunkers insisted (always excepting the people who already lived here). In this 500th anniversary of Columbus's arrival, he is the subject of a more bitter controversy. Because he mistreated the natives and engaged in slavery, many say, he doesn't merit the admiration of subsequent generations. Columbus may not have been a very nice person.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 1991 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two events vie for your attention next weekend. One is Super Sunday, the city's annual Super Bowl of block parties. The other is a Columbus Day celebration, which begins the year-long Neighbors in the New World Festival. Both take place Oct. 13. The Columbus Day celebration will start with the traditional parade at 1 p.m. The parade will begin at Broad and Chestnut Streets and will proceed east on Chestnut to Penn's Landing, where festivities will already be under way at the Great Plaza.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2000 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The thermometer outside registered a summer-like 82 degrees, but Tamika Jenkins and her sister had winter on their minds - and bargains. Jenkins, 22, a tax examiner for the IRS who took the day off Wednesday to head for Columbus Day sales, couldn't resist a pair of red python leather boots on sale at the Cherry Hill Mall for $54, down from $60. Her sister, Valerie Finney, 42, snapped up a pair of tan ankle boots, originally $55, marked down to...
FOOD
October 9, 2003 | By Edyth Preet FOR THE INQUIRER
Despite what some would have us think, globalization is not a new concept. Consider this: Christopher Columbus (an Italian) was financed by Ferdinand and Isabella (Spanish monarchs) to circumvent the stranglehold Venice (an independent city-state) had on the traffic of spices from Africa, India and Asia. So on Aug. 3, 1492, Columbus set sail in search of new global trading routes and 10 weeks later bumped into the Americas. Madison Avenue would say he "opened a whole new market.
SPORTS
October 10, 1994 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
It was an I-love-a-parade afternoon, all warmth and sunshine. Jim Fregosi, grand marshal of the annual Columbus Day strut down Broad Street, smiled broadly and waved a red, white and green flag and greeted the onlookers as he marched to Marconi Plaza. He walked all the way from Federal Street to the shadows of Veterans Stadium, a stop-and-start journey of slightly more than an hour. The trek ended near where he is more familiarly known for his work as manager of the Phillies.
NEWS
September 29, 1990 | By ROGER E. HERNANDEZ
Right about this time every year, an intense debate rages among Hispanics, not only in the United States, but also in Spanish-speaking countries. How do we celebrate Columbus Day? Indeed, should we even celebrate it at all? Should we hail a discovery, remember an encounter or mourn an invasion? Many Hispanics want nothing to do with Columbus. They consider him little more than a man who launched European invasions that destroyed the ancient cultures of the Americas. Actually, Columbus Day, meaninglessly celebrated as an Italian holiday in the United States, should be the Hispanic holiday par excellence.
NEWS
October 13, 2003 | By Dawn Fallik INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
So, Teresa Cappuccio, what was Sunday's parade about? The 11-year-old paused. Err . . . "Columbus!" said her grandmother. "Columbus!" said her dad. Oh, yeah. Three generations of Cappuccios gathered at the very end of the parade route at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue yesterday to enjoy the 47th year of the procession. The day was windy and cool, the crowd polite and the Mummers colorful, but few recognized Columbus himself, riding in the parade in an unmarked convertible.
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July 3, 2016
William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum Open from Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 31. www.swigartmuseum.com . Antique Automobile Club of America Museum www.aacamuseum.org . Rolls-Royce Foundation and Museum www.rollsroycefoundation.org . Grice Clearfield Community Museum Open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day. www.gricemuseum.com . Eagles Mere Auto Museum Open weekends Memorial Day Weekend through mid-October....
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News Staff Writer
The long: They're 2. They're 4. They're 6 . . . or thereabouts. Large-scale versions of TV-star steamies Percy, James, Emily and Toby, cheeky Thomas and coaches Annie and Clarabel make a Saturday-Sunday appearance at Morris Arboretum's train exhibit. The short: Really useful weekend diversion. The demo: All ages. Obsession with model trains and/or horticulture a plus. Garden Railway: Quarter-mile track has 15 lines, nine bridges, seven loops and tunnels, two cable cars (all donated by Philly-founded Bachmann Industries)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Joe started Valentine's Day 2009 with a young coworker's funeral. The sadness of that loss made the holiday of hearts even worse than then-single Joe anticipated. But he and some close friends had a plan to get through it: a Boston pub-crawl. "Everyone else was out on dinner dates and had love, and we were just going to go out and have a good time," he said. His pal DJ arrived at Joe's apartment with two women he'd never met, but had heard about: DJ's "hot cousins from New Jersey.
SPORTS
August 21, 2013 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writer
IL PALIO DI SIENA is not a day at the beach! Il Palio di Siena is a brutal, spectacular horse race. Three times around the Siena, Italy, town square, running on tuff and dirt and grass hauled in to cover the cobblestones. Mixed-breed horses, bareback riders. Horses blessed at the church the day before. Riders dressed in the colors of the contrade (district) they represent, rivalries older than Machiavelli and just as devious. Spectators packed, you should excuse the expression, like sardines, in the middle of the square.
NEWS
October 9, 2012
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NEWS
October 9, 2012 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
No one was going to rain on Betty Paglia's parade Sunday afternoon when she began dancing in the streets. The South Philadelphia woman has attended the Columbus Day parade for 40 years and appeared a natural when Joe "Asti" Pomante, 51, captain of the Durning String Band from Barrington, took her by the hand for a few twirls along South Broad Street. Paglia, 66, and neighbor Millie Aros, 68, live near the parade route, which ran from Morris Street to Oregon Avenue and ended with a festival at Marconi Plaza.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2012 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
Most employers recognize but do not observe Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. In other words: no day off for employees. A recent Bloomberg BNA survey of employers' holiday practices found just three in 10 organizations would be closed for business. It's a level that has been largely unchanged in similar surveys since 2004. There were clues everywhere Monday that this was far from a normal day in Philadelphia in January. The lack of a morning rush hour. Schools were closed, as were U.S. financial markets.
NEWS
October 14, 2011
ANYONE who drives in Center City is aware that Market Street and JFK Boulevard are the fastest routes to get crosstown. And anyone who walks on those streets west of Broad knows that the sidewalks are wide, uncluttered and pedestrian-friendly. To remedy these favorable conditions, the Streets Department is running a pilot project to see if the sidewalks can be widened and the streets narrowed. As usual, the inmates are running the asylum. I. Milton Karabell Philadelphia Screw you, Occupiers I'm an open-minded 56-year-old South Philadelphia Italian-American.
NEWS
October 11, 2011 | BY DAN GERINGER, geringd@phillynews.com 215-854-5961
NOW in its sixth nonviolent day outside City Hall, Occupy Philadelphia's tent village of hundreds who hope to cure society's ills has a steady flow of donated food, clothing and shelter - and seems to be settling in for the holidays. "We're 100 percent velvet, meaning peaceful," said Steve Ross of West Kensington, one of Occupy Philadelphia's many gentle, gung-ho organizers, who gave this reporter a tour of the sprawling settlement on Dilworth Plaza yesterday. "This dude lives in a tree," Ross said, stopping by a maple with a sleeping bag, a backpack, a supply hammock and an "Occupy the Trees" poster hanging from its branches.
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